Hurricane Hugo commemorative section

Posted by | July 28, 2014 9:51 am

Hurricane_Hugo_1989_sept_21_1844ZHurricane_Hugo_1989_sept_21_1844ZThe 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo is still more than a month away, but The Manning Times is looking for your recollections now for an upcoming special edition. What do you remember about the night of the storm, or of the aftermath? How long were you without electricity? What did you do to cope and survive? Please send them, your pictures, along with your full name and area in Clarendon County, to as soon as you can. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Manning Times Koozie Kontest

Posted by | July 27, 2014 7:26 pm

koozieskooziesThe Manning Times now has koozies sponsored by our office and Subway. And we’re selling them for $1 with a contest attached. Come in, purchase a koozie and then take a picture of you or a friend using it in a creative way. Send the picture to We will post the pictures, and then share them to Facebook. The picture that gets the most SHARES by Aug. 15 will garner its owner a Yeti cooler.

Bryson C. Smith

Posted by | July 27, 2014 1:43 pm

OBITS-BACKGROUND-6-smallerOBITS-BACKGROUND-6-smallerInfant Bryson C. Smith entered this world on July 24, 2014, at the Tuomey Regional Medical Center and departed shortly after. He was the son of Sheldon R. Smith and Jasmine L. McGee. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Manning Cemetery in Pinewood with the Rev. Daimon Brown. Survivors besides his parents include two sisters, Jardann Smith and Lyndann Smith; and one brother, Cameron Smith; grandparents, Kevin and Joycel McGee and John Henry Smith; and great-grandmothers Margaret McGee and Mary Smith. Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond Pack

Posted by | July 27, 2014 11:30 am

OBITS-BACKGROUND-smallerOBITS-BACKGROUND-smallerRaymond Pack died Friday, July 18, 2014, at his home in Sumter. Born Nov. 4, 1926, in Sumter, “Bubba” was a son of the late Altamount and Estelle Bethune Pack. Early in life, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined the family home church, Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Paxville. He met and married Fannie Dewitt, and to this union two children were born. “Bubba,” as we fondly called him, was a hardworking man. He held several positions cutting pulp wood, working for Becker Sand and Gravel in Bennettsville and Santee Print in Sumter. Survivors include… Read the rest

Walker Gamble High School reunion

Posted by | July 27, 2014 9:19 am

community-news-SHORTERcommunity-news-SHORTERThe Walker Gamble High School Alumni Association Inc. reunion committee will hold a reunion weekend Sept. 26-28 at Walker Gamble Elementary School in New Zion. For more information, write to WGHS Alumni Association Inc., P.O. Box 335, New Zion, SC 29111.

Foundation accepts vehicle contributions

Posted by | July 27, 2014 7:34 am

MuscularDystrophyFamilyFoundationSmallMuscularDystrophyFamilyFoundationSmallThe Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization, accepts vehicle contributions. To complete a vehicle donation, call 1 (800) 544-1213 to make arrangements. Donors may also visit and click on the automobile icon to complete an online vehicle donation application.

Firefighters rally behind family of one of their own

Posted by | July 27, 2014 5:40 am

BANKS-BRYANTBANKS-BRYANTBanks Bryant shortly after his birth June 27. Capt. Michael Johnson, Deputy Chief Jonathan Jones and Battalion Commander Robert Pegram all know one thing after working with fellow Clarendon County firefighter Joshua Bryant. They know that if they were in his situation, he’d do whatever he can to help. Bryant’s son with his wife, Ashley, was born June 27 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Little Banks Bryant is today a month old, but his parents have yet to hold him. His undeveloped heart and the multiple surgeries he will need won’t let them. “We know that if we were in… Read the rest

NiTwaun Hill signs with Voorhees

Posted by | July 26, 2014 7:43 pm

manning-high-signing-3manning-high-signing-3Manning High School Class of 2014 graduate NiTwaun Hill, 19, signed to play baseball Thursday for Voorhees College in Denmark, surrounded by his head coach, Steve Crisanti, and his father and mother, Wardell and Shatiqua, and his sister, Christan, 3. Two others signed Thursday. will post their pictures soon.  

Democrats to meet

Posted by | July 26, 2014 4:38 pm

DemocratslogoDemocratslogoThe Clarendon County Democratic Party will meet 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Manning Restaurant, 476 N. Brooks St. in Manning. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Chairman Glenn Ardis at (803) 452-6013.  

Chat n’ Chew owners get special visitors from Coastal Carolina University

Posted by | July 26, 2014 2:08 pm

chat-n-chew-1chat-n-chew-1Robert J. Baker / Times Chat n’ Chew’s newest owners, Willodene and Bernard Blackmon, said they’ve always heard Coastal Carolina University in Conway was founded in their restaurant, but they’d never confirmed it until a group of students and the college’s president visited earlier this month. Chat n’ Chew owners Bernard and Willodene Blackmon and their employees thought July 9 just another Wednesday. They had the regular influx of customers, and knew they had a reservation for 15 diners. That reservation turned out to be for a Coastal Carolina University group and the college’s president, who wanted to visit the… Read the rest

Larry Johnson Sr.

Posted by | July 26, 2014 11:28 am

OBITS-BACKGROUND-3-smallerOBITS-BACKGROUND-3-smallerLarry Johnson Jr., husband of Sophia McElveen Johnson, died Monday, July 21, 2014. Born Dec. 24, 1967, in Pinewood, he was a son of Leroy and Thomasina Richardson. He attended Sumter County Public Schools, and was a 1986 graduate of Furman High School. At an early age, Larry accepted Christ and joined St. James AME Church and later joined Allen Chapel AME Church. Larry was a loyal and dedicated employee of UPS for more than 15 years, before his illness. In his spare time, his passion besides work was his commitment to something he held dear, his wife, children and… Read the rest

Marguerite Gregg Gardner

Posted by | July 26, 2014 11:21 am

OBITS-BACKGROUND-7-smallerOBITS-BACKGROUND-7-smallerMarguerite Gregg Gardner, 96, widow of Cary Gardner Jr., died Friday, July 18, 2014, at McElveen Manor in Sumter. Born Nov. 20, 1917, in Florence, she was a daughter of the late Ellett and Mary Agnes Rowe Gregg. She attended the public schools of Florence County. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah AME in Sumter. She was employed by the Shaw family of Shaw Lumber Co. for more than 50 years. Survivors include four nieces, Blondena F. Gamble, Wanda Rhett, Joyce Rhett and Freda Rhett; and three nephews, Charles (Eloise) Jackson, Fred Rhett and Eric Rhett. The celebratory services… Read the rest

Autopsy ruling keeps public in dark

Posted by | July 26, 2014 8:26 am

joe_perryjoe_perryIn light of the recent S.C. Supreme Court ruling in Perry v. Bullock, I’ve decided to weigh in on the matter, as I’m the guy whose reporting was the catalyst for the case. I also wanted to clear up a few things, add some context and pose a few questions. From November 2005 to November 2011, I worked for The Sumter Item. I resigned as senior staff writer to be a stay at home dad. I now work part-time for The Manning Times and do freelance work as well. Not one single press outlet in the state bothered to contact… Read the rest

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